"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures
still speak the most universally understood language."

-- Walt Disney

    Our research concentrates on the discovery and characterization of marine organismal/cellular diversity and comparative studies of novel morphological systems in predatory eukaryotes (i.e., marine invertebrate zoology & protistology). We are fundamentally interested in the diversity and evolution of organisms, particularly traits associated with feeding, locomotion and symbiotic interactions. By addressing specific hypotheses about trait evolution using molecular phylogenetic methods, we study the innovations and transformations associated with broad patterns of organismal/cellular diversity. This exploratory approach is motivated by the thrill of discovery, the beautiful and the bizarre, and the yearning to build a more comprehensive framework for understanding the interrelationships of life on Earth. The marine lineages we work on tend to be drop-dead gorgeous and reflect spectacular morphological diversity, such as meiofaunal & planktonic animals, euglenozoans, dinoflagellates, cercozoans & marine gregarine apicomplexans.

Discover and characterize new marine organisms at molecular and cellular levels
Apply molecular phylogenetic methods in order to investigate the overall history
    and diversity of eukaryotic life
Address specific hypotheses about cellular trait evolution that help identify key innovations
    associated with the origin and subsequent radiation of diverse clades
Understand major transitions in eukaryotic evolution, particularly macroevolutionary trends
    in cytoskeletal systems involved in locomotion, feeding and symbiotic interactions

Departments of Zoology and Botany

#3529 - 6270 University Blvd., Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre & Museum
Rooms 339 (office), 340 (computer lab) & 370 (wet lab)
604-822-2474 (office), 604-822-4892 (lab), 604-822-6089 (fax)
leander(at)zoology.ubc.ca or bleander(at)mail.ubc.ca

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